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Lucchino Expects Contract Extension, Says Role With Red Sox "Not Going To Change"

Lucchino said the Red Sox need to go back to the fundamentals over the offseason
Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino on Thursday "would not discuss the status of his contract," but said that he "fully expects to reach an agreement with the Red Sox that will keep him with the team for some years to come and that he will continue to have 'a seat at the table' on baseball decisions," according to Gordon Edes of ESPN BOSTON. Lucchino during his weekly Thursday radio appearance on WEEI-FM said, "I expect to be here. ... My role is not going to change. I will have a seat at the table, and I love Boston." Lucchino also "emphasized that the Red Sox will spend the offseason looking 'under every rock' in trying to determine what went wrong" with this season. He said, "It's not a question of fine-tuning, it's a question of looking back to the fundamental things ... Do we have the right kind of system in place?" (ESPNBOSTON.com, 8/23). In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy writes Red Sox Owner John Henry "truly seems to think there is not much of a problem here." Shaughnessy: "I tried to remind him that here in Boston the highs are higher and the lows are lower -- that's why 2004 was so great. I tried to explain that I am not alone in critiquing what the Sox bosses are doing, and he said, 'No, it's just you.' I then asked him if he owns a television or a radio" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/24).
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